Influenced by ancient ritual, the Grandmothers gather in a circle, pass a talking piece from person to person and speak deeply from the heart. The result of this simple, but profound practice is a strong bond built around intentional speaking and attentive listening.
The circle represents the eternal, with no beginning or ending. The influence of the circle is boundless, however, the center remains intact. Individually, the Grandmothers are celebrated for their wisdom and leadership. Collectively, their passion has the power to change the world.
Spirit resides in the center uniting and balancing our energies. As we hold the rim, a container is created.
The circle as the literal shape in which the Grandmothers gather is inspired by the methodology articulated by Christina Baldwin and Ann Linnea in 1992. It is favored for its democratic structure that allows everyone to contribute to the group. This is where women find empowerment, develop tight-knit bonds with each other, and connect to their voice and passion that can create a ripple effect for change well beyond the physical circle.
The circle represents the circle of life. Despite what its name may suggest, the Council of Grandmothers encourages women of all ages to participate. By involving maidens, mothers and elders, the circle is complete, and the mission to heal the world becomes a legacy that has no end.
You can read more about the Circling process at The Circle Way.
The Circle Way guidelines are the fundamental principles we use to guide our large and small circles. We encourage you to review these before each time in circle together.